* Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation * Education, Human Resources, and Special Programs * Electromagnetic Spectrum Management * Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology * Galactic Astronomy * Planetary Astronomy * Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics
Supports theoretical and observational studies of the structure and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy; the distribution, position, and motion of stars in the galaxy; the characteristics of star clusters in the galaxy; the interstellar medium; and the properties of atoms and molecular constituents of the interstellar medium.
Supports theoretical and observational studies of the structure and activity of the Sun and other stars; the physical properties of all types of stars; all aspects of star formation and stellar evolution; the effects of mass loss, rotation, and magnetic fields; and the properties of atoms and molecules that are relevant to stellar astronomy.
Coordinates research support in special areas that are astronomy related. Programs include Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites and Supplements, Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER), Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI), Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education (POWRE), and programs for underrepresented minorities.